Monday, September 26, 2011

Season 2 Premiere: "21" The House Wins

At first glance not much had seemed to change down the shore. The Commodore worked on his thrust while Nucky did the a manner of speaking. The song choice of "After You Get What You Want," was perfect as we saw Margaret wake up alone while Nucky was still out cavorting. While he has never been anything but upfront about their arrangement the line he dropped when he came home took some balls.

She did have a right to be a little jealous though, of the attention paid to Jimmy by Nucky, while her troubled son sat just down the hall.

Margaret got her wish though when Nucky took time to talk to Teddy about the matches. Did you see the tear in the little man's eye when Nucky handed him the money? The kid went from thinking he was going to get the belt to the equivalent of finding a Golden Ticket. And how about how long it took Nucky to find a small enough bill in his roll to hand Teddy?

While Nucky is teaching Teddy not to play with fire, Jimmy is taking Tommy to shoot seagulls much to Angela's chagrin. Aside from the obvious dangers involved, Ange probably also didn't want to be left along with Gillian. I was proud of her for calling Gillian out on the undercutting. Nothing could have prepared her or myself for the next series of lines though from Jimmy's "loving" mother.

I'm fine with Jimmy shooting gulls, but I was bummed to learn he had a hand in the Clan's attack on Chalky. I understand the power move, but I really felt for Chalky as we saw real fear on his face for the first time.

I was shocked at how public the clan was in this episode. Along with wasting good table cloths like Jimmy noted, they were usually a cowardice group who only emerged in the daytime under the cover of their hoods. In the funeral scene they are mixing with the general public and politicians alike. Nucky didn't seem to have a problem with it, he only seemed to take objection to Jimmy talking to the head hood. Great scene with him and Jimmy on the porch as he seemingly once again read Jimmy's mind. Did he warn Jimmy about his father because he was really concerned about or is he just jealous of the Commodore. Some nerve on Nuck to call someone else duplicitous after his dueling speeches to the black and white congregations.

Whatever his motivation, you know one thing for sure, money was part of it at some level. I thought it was interesting how they made a point of showing Nucky as he counted the money from the Irish paving guy and then logging it before stashing it away in his shoe drawer. On the other side of the spectrum, upon opening Nucky's wedding gift, Jimmy tossed aside the envelope full of money disinterested. Those two scenes showed the difference between the two characters. Nucky is obsessed with money despite having all he could ever want. Jimmy has more money than he could ever imagine too it seemed, but what he most wants now is respect. I think the statue showing the father and young son annoyed Jimmy because it was as if Nucky would always see Jimmy as that little boy he raised instead of the man he has become.
Capone carries a similar chip on his shoulder and we saw it again as he sat down with George Remus. Al didn't like being compared to a wash woman for Torrio and took Remus's habit of referring to himself in the third person as an insult.
George Remus was no dope, rather yet another cunning "businessman" of the day. Remus memorized the Volstead Act and found loopholes whereby he could buy distilleries and pharmacies to sell liquor to himself under government licenses for medicinal purposes. Remus then hijacked his own liquor so he could sell it illegally. As he mentioned to Torrio and Capone, Remus moved to Cincinnati where 80% of America's bonded whiskey was located, and bought up most of the whiskey manufacturers. In less than three years Remus made close to $40 million.
I'm not sure if Chalky made that much in his day, but it seemed he had enough judging by his house, to step away from the game. We all know though that such a move is easier said than done. The back and forth between him and Nucky was one of the episodes strongest moments. I'm a little worried though about Lenore and young Lester. I really liked the scene where the latter played Clair de Lune which I have been a huge fan of ever since it was featured at the end of Ocean's 11.
That song is so beautiful, it always gets me. Damn you Richard Harrow, you got me too this week, what with the envy in your eyes as you looked upon Jimmy and Angela and then when you asked Jimmy what it was like to have everything before we saw you and your scrap book. Did you guys notice the father in the picture he glued down had glasses and a moustache? Pretty much the image of Richard if he had his entire face. I also got the feeling that Richard has a thing for the under appreciated Angela. He was the only one to say thank you for breakfast and was so careful and gentle as he stacked her biscuits on his hand.

Lastly, Van Alden, I didn't forget about you. Loved his line, "I take almost no comfort in 'about to.'" I'll admit, I was shocked by Rose. I did not think for a moment she was going to let Van Alden hit her where the good lord split her, but I guess seeing her man in action was too much a turn on. Not enough though to warrant keeping the lights on. The scene with the headboard banging the wall was classic.
We know Van Alden is capable of some cold blooded shit, but I was shocked to see he had stolen government evidence to pay off Lucy...who on BABY BUMP ALERT!!!
She is definitely preggers. As if the pictures weren't enough, the look on Van's face when Rose said maybe they shouldn't have any kids after all, was damning as well. Needless to say there's a lot going on as we saw Nucky get pinched. Jimmy is being set up to take over AC, but we still have guys like Arnold Rothstein who have yet to weigh in on the recent moves. At the end of the preview for next week you could see Arnold fighting to separate Jimmy and Lucky while he screamed that they are trying to run a business together. I'm sure that had to do something with Gillian but still Jimmy needs his and Rothstein's help to make a go of it. I could go on ad nauseum, but I'd rather hear your thoughts.


  1. And here we go again!! Tv life is goood rt now, a new family guy, American Dad, and BOARDWALK!?!? WHAT WHAT!!!....It just feels so good to be back!! And this year we gonna been going to be stronger than ever! MGC gonna be in the building!!

    So a very very good first Ep (obv coupled w/ a gnar post) to get us going, gonna be a sick sick year. Right off the bat i love how my man Jimmy is bringing it, guy is going to be a damn sack of hell this year, he aint takin no sht off ANYONE, and those who stand in his way best backs the fk up (Nucky).

    And with Jimmy going one way u have we have Nuk going the other, showing alot more of his "fatherly" side whether it be for Jimmy or Teddy...unfort i think that we're going to be falling for this guy while at the same time everyone in their brother (literally w/ eli) is out to get this mofo, and while he's lobbying to whomever will listen, white, black, rich, poor..nobodys trying to hear that rt now (except for margaret) and who knows how long that will last.

    Btw-LOVE the cartoon bubbles now perfect. And that Pic of diddy w/ the fin in his hand looking like "WTF!?" is incredible. I never noticed Teddy w/ the tear in his eye but i know that i did!..poor kid thought he was going to get striped and eneded up getting ICE CREAM!! what a swing!!

    HOW FREAKY WAS IT WHEN GILLIAN SAID SHE USED TO KISS JIMMYS WINKY!?!? WHY WOULD SHE SAY THAT!? LLLAAADY UR SCARING ME!...I mean i was thinking about three secondsbefore that how weird it is that she kisses her son on the lips all teh time and she took it the next level when talking about giving her baby a mini snarl!?! Jell is right....HIDE YO KIDS!! this b is SCARY. (still sexy tho)
    It really was weird to see Chalky (dunne) all shook like that, but luckily his nubian queen came in to help him out, too bad it didnt end so well for her....btw, so is chalky just flat out, out the game as of now!? obv that sht wont last but i couldnt believe it happened so quick, although my man does have his paper rt, and his son carleton is going to be a "college man" so maybe him and aunt viv can chill now and live the king and queen of zumunda in peace!

    My man Capone, guy is going too do BIG things this year, i can feel it. Feel like he isnt going to put up w/ Torrio's crooked eye bullsht for much longer guy about to make it on his own Steam, and what the fk was up w/ George Reemus and the whole third person bullsht?...why was that relevant and was the guy actually a lawyer or a bootlegger?! or BOF?! I still cant look in the room of the brothel w/o thinking of jimmy's old b, who blew her own brians out. I MiSS YOU AND YOUR OPIMUM DRANKIN WAYS BOO! RIP PRO B!!

    I can only hope that Richard Harrow's envy doesnt make him do something to jimmy and his family that he's goonna regret, i would hate to see my half faced friend get hurt over some bullsht but cant be coveting another mans b, its one of those ten rules, although he may not know that since he was pasting pictures of familys all through his bible so he may have missed some of the words.


    LAST BUT NOT LEAST.....GOOD OLD OFFICER FREAKSHOW, I MISSED YOU DOG!....Am i the only one that gets the heebie jeebies when thinking of him and his wife's "sex life".....i literally think i had an "innie" when she asked him to cut the lights, in teh words of greg muls, would require a popsicle stick and some rubberbands to make that work..and that may not do it

    So is Van Alden paying Lucy for her time?! she was liek "is that for the last two weeks" or is he just keeping his baby mamma happy!? cute was she w/ her little bump!?!? i love her mamma (literally) She did kill it on the cover of OK magazine tho!! well done!

  2. Brownie wrote:

    1."my man does have his paper rt, and his son carleton is going to be a "college man" so maybe him and aunt viv can chill now and live the king and queen of zumunda in peace!"

    2.RIP PRO B!!

    3.i would hate to see my half faced friend get hurt over some bullsht but cant be coveting another mans b, its one of those ten rules, although he may not know that since he was pasting pictures of familys all through his bible so he may have missed some of the words.

    Might be your best comments ever!!! The bible one keeps sending me into fits of laughter.

  3. You guys set the bar pretty high on this board. I need time to mentally prep my comments...BRB..

  4. Well, well, well!...... If it isn’t the most diabolical bloggers this side of the Mississippi – Jell, what can be said about yo’ comments that haven’t been said about Dolemite’s outfits – Yo’ style is straight up gangster. That being said, season 2 kicks off with a bottle of the dark stuff, nestled in the beach while the waves crash over. What can be said about this? Alcohol and the theme of life in Hotlantic City stand still in the sands of time before waiting to be carried out into the abyss. The bottle is still there but the end is near, and for that matter who’s end is near? Nuck? Jimmy? Me? Only time will unravel the sheets of destiny but there is one constant: Change. The city seems to be normal and fine on the horizon….but just like alcohol clouds reality, so does this scene. Things are heating up around town and Nucky’s time as king is about to be tested by the jackals surrounding him. Power breeds betrayal. Nuck still seems to be at the top of his game and controls all the seats in government as well as the families on the boardwalk. His power SEEMS no match. But then we get a glimpse of Jimmy and how the only thing that drives him is respect. That is the most dangerous type of man. He who wants a rose must respect the thorn. Ole’ Nuck is about to feel the thorn. Jimmy wants to be respected as a man, and not a pupil of Nucky. “You will be judged at what you succeed at. Not by what you attempt.” His actions clearly reflect he is ready and willing to take all measures to become the Emperor of Hotlantic City. The Commodore is a sneaky bastard and he is trying to puppeteer his blood in order to achieve his motive. Do I think Jimmy doesn’t realize this? No – but Jimmy is the type of cat who would use his pops fireworks to push him up the ladder then erase him. Cold as Ice. But lets get it right kids….Nuck wasn’t born yesterday.

  5. Chalky Dunne continuedSeptember 30, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    He didn’t get to the top by luck. The homie knows that Jimmy is scheming and he is going to make sure he watches Jimmy’s every step. The only problem is he’s about to be eating bologna sambos in a 6x6 cell next to the village crackhead. Capone seems like he is on the same wavelength as Jimmy and he wants some respect. He doesn’t want to be pawned as the wash lady anymore and looks as if he about to shake things up. Capone is a hothead and look for that to be a downfall for him. I think in general there is a theme of duality in the show. Look at my man Harrow – All he wants is to be normal and he will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. You can tell that something will snap in him because he looks at Jimmy with a sense of jealousy. The “two-face” of Harrow is a symbol of duality as well. It is ever-present around Hotlantic City. Van Alden is paying his baby’s mamma with stolen cheddar, after he raids the restaurant with his wife. Seems like everyone is the show is a bit “duplicitous” no?

    The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions…. But whats your definition of good? Good for you or good for society. Until next time boys and girls